Dating at work tips

14 Jul

After firing CEO Dov Charney last month, American Apparel decided to update its company code of ethics with stricter guidelines regarding interoffice relationships.

According to the new policy, “No management-level employee may make sexual advances, welcome or unwelcome, toward any subordinate.”Considering Charney’s time with the company was riddled with allegations of sexual harassment, it’s no surprise that the company wants to take a more conservative approach to fraternization.

You also bring to a new relationship a shared “world,” complete with friends, colleagues, goals, and even values. Will your relationship become topic of office gossip? There’s also the matter of how your dating relationship might impact job performance.

If you become distracted by the excitement of your new romance—or distraught if that relationship goes awry—will you be less effective?

If you simply must pursue your co-worker crush, here are seven expert tips for dating a fellow employee the right way.

Factors in your favor include the fact that working together may allow you to observe this person’s strengths and weaknesses in a non-dating environment.

Your best chance at fanning your workday crush into a hot relationship—or dousing those sparks in time to avoid any unwanted drama—is to carefully consider the pros and cons.

DO check your workplace policies on interoffice dating.

Learn from what happened to Michael and Jan on “The Office.” Although it’s a TV show, many companies have very real policies that prohibit dating between managers and subordinates, and some prohibit dating across the board.